Canon S90 review

Canon revives its S series compacts with this likeable SLR backup

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Canon powershot s90

At around £370 if you shop around, the PowerShot S90 makes a lot of sense as a backup for Canon SLR users, or as a versatile, high performance compact that you won't outgrow quickly.

Being able to shoot in RAW and process the files in Digital Photo Professional will obviously be a big advantage for Canon SLR users, but the PowerShot S90 is also very easy for photography novices to get to grips with.

We liked:

The biggest attractions are the fast, sharp lens, with an impressive f/2 maximum aperture, combined with an exemplary ISO performance (remember, you are getting the same sensor as the PowerShot G11, the jewel in Canon's compact crown).

The layout and design of the PowerShot S90 is generally good too, and the generous rear LCD beyond criticism.

We disliked:

The downsides are the occasionally fiddly ergonomics, the rather harsh flash, the restricted zoom, and of course, the lack of HD video recording.

We suspect it'll be this that determines whether the target market goes for this camera or buys an HD movie-enabled competitor like the Panasonic LX3 instead

Nearly £400 might not seem a lot in SLR terms, but we can't help thinking that Canon have been a bit stingy on the video front…

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution640 x 480
Effective Camera Resolution10 Megapixel
Wide AngleYes
Product FamilyPowerShot S
HD Movie ModeNo
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, MultiMediaCard (MMC), MMCplus, HC MMCplus
Image StabilizationOptical
Optical Zoom3.8x
Digital Zoom4x
Brand NameCanon
FeaturesFace Detection
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsQuickTime MOV
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)175 g
Maximum Image Resolution3648 x 2736
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height30.9 mm
Width100 mm
Depth58.4 mm
Product SeriesS
Focal Length6 mm to 22.50 mm
Image FormatsJPEG, RAW
Focus ModesAuto
ManufacturerCanon, Inc
Product ModelS90
Product NamePowerShot S90 Compact Camera
Product LinePowerShot
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberS90
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

At a mere 175 grams, the Canon PowerShot S90, is packed full of features. With a 10.0 megapixels High-Sensitivity CCD sensor offering amazing low light capability, a bright 2.0 lens and complete creative control you're only one click away from the perfect shot.

Package Contents
  • PowerShot S90 Compact Camera
  • Battery Pack NB-6L
  • USB Interface Cable IFC-400PCU
  • AV cable AVCDC400
  • Wrist Strap WS-DC9
  • CD-ROM
Limited Warranty1 Year